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Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

Turning Degrees Into Careers

Welcome to the Nurse Residency Program at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, located in the beautiful Flathead Valley in northwest Montana.

First and foremost, congratulations on attaining your nursing degree! In order to help you succeed, KRH has developed a Nurse Residency Program to support you in your new and exciting role as a nurse.

The first year as a newly licensed nurse is both thrilling and challenging. Our goal is to equip you with the essential skills you need to thrive in your role as a new nurse. Once enrolled into the Nurse Residency Program, you will be placed in one of the following locations:
  • *Oncology Med/Surg floor
  • *Medical/Surgical floor
  • *Intermediate Care Unit (these positions will potentially have the opportunity to move to Intensive Care after 1 year)
  • Emergency Department (tentative)
  • *Transitional Care Unit
  • *Behavioral Health (tentative)
  • *Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatrics
  • Pre-op/Same Day Surgery (potential to apply to Peri-Op 101 after a year if interested)
  • Endoscopy (tentative)
  • Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung Clinic
  • Additional specialty may be considered depending on skill-set and staffing needs
* indicates workplace settings that are accredited through the ANCC.

One of the great parts of the Nurse Residency Program is the opportunity to work with your team of new graduate nurses to develop and implement an evidence-based practice project at KRH. You will have mentors to support your progress and will go through the entire process using the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice. Our previous groups have completed projects and presented their findings at KRH’s quarterly nursing grand rounds.

Throughout the year, you will continue to receive support and structure from Nurse Residency Program leadership, preceptors and nursing directors/managers. Our goal is to help you succeed at KRH in your first nursing job. Come join a fabulous team! 


  • Applicants may be initially accepted into Residency Program while RN licensure or graduation is still pending. Eligibility requirements are to be met by day of Cohort start date.
  • Applicants must possess a current Montana RN license by the start of the program.
  • Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited nursing school (or an accredited refresher course if a returning RN), which includes 250 clinical hours, within the last 12 months. 

Ongoing Training

The 12-month Nurse Residency Program includes biweekly courses for the first 13-17 weeks of employment in addition to being paired up with trained preceptors. Classes cover a variety of topics including: 
  • Assessment and critical thinking
  • Legal issues and documentation
  • Change of shift reporting
  • Phlebotomy
  • When to call the doctor
  • Shift work
  • Reality shock
  • Shared governance
  • Work-life balance
  • Spiritual and end-of-life care
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Understanding health care reform
  • Additional unit-specific training

Program Recognition

Kalispell Regional Healthcare Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are: Kalispell Regional Healthcare

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation
are: Medical, Surgical, Observation, Oncology, Intermediate Care, OB, NICU, Transitional Care, and Psychiatric/Behavioral Health

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If you have additional questions, email Teri Steffens, Nurse Residency Coordinator at